A group photo of last year's TPAB winners (Uncle Green, Miracolo, Hello Gabby) with Tegas board member Dr Hazland Abang Hipni (second row, fourth right).

KUCHING: Applications are now open for the 2020 Tegas Pre-Accelerator Bootcamp (TPAB) which will run from April 13-18 at SMA-Tegas Digital Innovation Hub (DIH), Kuching.

Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Sarawak (Tegas) will be working closely with strategic partners, Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA), pitchIN and WatchTower and Friends Accelerator for the programme.

TPAB is a one-week programme designed to take early-stage startups to the next level, from validating ideas into creating a minimum viable product (MVP) and a go-to-market strategy.

The content is delivered by industry experts and seasoned entrepreneurs, covering topics such as starting up, team and product, going to market, fundraising and pitching.

“This will be the third year running of the Tegas Pre-Accelerator Bootcamp at SMA Tegas Digital Innovation Hub. We are excited to once again collaborate with our strategic partners, Sarawak Multimedia Authority, pitchIN and WatchTower & Friends Accelerator.

“We hope this programme will accelerate the growth of early-stage startups and take them to the next level.

“This initiative is in line with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s agenda to increase the number of successful technopreneurs and subsequently drive the state’s digital economy,” said Tegas chairman Datuk Len Talif Salleh, who is also Urban Development and Resources Assistant Minister.

The bootcamp prepares participants for the Demo Day and to participate in Tegas Startup Lab Accelerator and Sarawak Shell LiveWIRE.

Demo Day winners are set to receive an attractive package that includes company incorporation support and a three-month access to DIH.

The DIH serves as an inclusive platform to support and empower early-stage startups and social enterprises in Sarawak.

Funded by SMA and managed by Tegas, the DIH offers access to affordable co-working spaces, incubation and acceleration programmes as well as access to Sarawak Digital Village Ecosystem network.

Under the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy 2018-2025 (Digital Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Action 37), the state government through SMA will establish one innovation centre in each division and facilitate others (private sectors, universities and communities).

“Tegas Pre-Accelerator Bootcamp gives us the right platform at the right time to start growing our startup. Within one week, we networked with great mentors and also had the opportunity to pitch to a group of investors.

“The programme helped us to define our roadmap and create a go-to-market strategy,” said winner of TPAB 2019, Gabriela Riyis, who is the founder of Hello Gabby.

TPAB is open to all Sarawakians (early-stage startups) or startups with at least one Sarawakian co-founder.

To apply, visit http://bit.ly/TPAB2020. Closing date of application is March 31.